Legislation That Affects You
– In November,
the North Little Rock City Council approved a breed-specific dangerous
dog ordinance that bans new “pit bulls,” Staffordshire Terriers,
American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bull Dogs from the city.
The measure further requires current owners of these breeds to register
their dogs with the city and obtain $100,000 in liability insurance.
The Canine Legislation department worked with concerned dog owners to
oppose the ordinance. For more information, contact Kim
– Officials in Stanislaus County are considering a proposed animal
control ordinance with provisions including a $100 annual license for
intact dogs or cats over the age of four months and a $100 breeding
permit. The ordinance would limit breeders to no more than one litter
per year and would require them to microchip their dogs or cats and
register them with the Department of Animal Services. The Canine Legislation
department sent a second letter reiterating AKC’s opposition to
breeding restrictions to the board of supervisors and will continue
to monitor the situation closely. We urge local fanciers to do the same.
For more information contact The
Animal Council or click here.
IOWA – In November, before AKC or local fanciers
were aware, Carter Lake officials quietly approved a breed-specific
ordinance that bans new “pit bulls” including Staffordshire
Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers
from the city. Current owners will be able to keep their dogs if they
obtain $100,000 in liability insurance and have the dog spayed or neutered.
– The Harmony City Council is considering an ordinance that limits
residents to a total of three dogs per household. The Canine Legislation
department sent a letter opposing animal limits to city officials last
month and encourages local dog owners to do the same.
AR216, a resolution introduced by Asm. DeCroce, urges the U.S. Postal
service and the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to issue a
stamp honoring the U.S. Army’s canine corps. AR216 was referred
to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
– Sen. Asselta’s
S2012 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Economic Growth,
Agriculture, and Tourism. The bill provides for civil action in cases
of cruelty for domestic animals and allows owners to seek civil damages.
– Davidson dogs and their owners recently celebrated the opening
of a new one-acre dog park. All dogs using the park must have a Town
of Davidson dog tag, which can be acquired at Town Hall upon presentation
of a current rabies certificate and a $10 fee. For more information,
officials may soon consider a breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance.
The Canine Legislation department sent a letter and materials to city
officials and is working with local fanciers to oppose the measure.
– Rep. Daley is sponsoring H2951, a bill that strengthens penalties
for the owners of dangerous dogs that fail to properly restrain or register
their dogs. The bill further provides for increases in penalties for
owners whose dogs injure or kill a human. Additionally, H2951 provides
for the regulation of “potentially dangerous dogs.” Under
the bill’s provisions any individual that kills, injures or causes
or procures the death or injury of a companion animal may be liable
for punitive damages of up to $2,500. Finally, the legislation would
allow owners to sue for damages if their pet is willfully, recklessly
or negligently injured or killed. Such damages include mental anguish
and emotional distress, veterinary care, burial expenses and court costs.
H2951 was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
– Dog owners
in Lansdowne are lobbying their town’s officials to establish
to the community’s first off-leash dog park. The Canine Legislation
sent a letter supporting their efforts to town officials in November.
– Newkirk officials have tabled an ordinance banning “pit
bulls” from the city in order to research the issue further. Local
dog owners are fighting the ban, and the Canine Legislation department
noted its own opposition in a statement to the mayor and city council.
– Rep. Edwards recently announced plans to draft legislation to
regulate “vicious” breeds of dogs, including Rottweilers
and “pit bulls.” Rep. Edwards indicated his bill, which
would be introduced in 2005, would require owners of certain breeds
to register their dogs, obtain $300,000 in liability insurance, participate
in training classes, and face felony criminal charges if their dog attacks
someone. AKC supports the strong enforcement of Texas’s current
dangerous dog law, which precludes labeling a dog as vicious based solely
on breed. The Canine Legislation department sent a letter to Rep. Edwards
opposing the legislation, and we encourage concerned fanciers to do
the same. Contact Rep. Edwards at:
Texas House of Representativea
4913 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
For more information,
contact the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance.
– Owners of dangerous dogs in Lakewood must now carry $250,000
in liability insurance. A dog is considered dangerous if it seriously
injures a person or kills a pet without provocation. City officials
also approved an ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their
pets in all public areas. Violators could be fined up to $75 for the
first offense, up to $125 for the second offense and $250 for each subsequent
BRITAIN – In November, legislation banning fox-hunting
with dogs became law despite opposition from the House of Lords. The
ban, which takes effect in February, has been heavily debated in Parliament
for the last two years. Hunting advocates have vowed to fight the ban